Glasgow Southside (Scottish Parliament constituency)

Glasgow Southside is a constituency of the Scottish Parliament. It elects one Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) by the plurality (first past the post) method of election. It is one of nine constituencies in the Glasgow electoral region, which elects seven additional members, in addition to the nine constituency MSPs, to produce a form of proportional representation for the region as a whole. It is currently the constituency of First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Not to be confused with the Westminster constituency Glasgow South
Glasgow Southside
burgh constituency
for the Scottish Parliament
Glasgow Southside shown within the Glasgow electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Current constituency
PartyScottish National Party
MSPNicola Sturgeon
Council areaGlasgow City

Electoral region

The other eight constituencies of the Glasgow region are Glasgow Anniesland, Glasgow Cathcart, Glasgow Kelvin, Glasgow Maryhill and Springburn, Glasgow Pollok, Glasgow Provan, Glasgow Shettleston and Rutherglen.

The region covers the Glasgow City council area and a north-western portion of the South Lanarkshire council area.

Constituency boundaries and council areas

The electoral wards used in the creation of Southside are:

Member of the Scottish Parliament

The First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, represented the constituency since its creation in 2011 election. She was previously an MSP for the Glasgow regional list from 1999 to 2007, and Glasgow Govan between 2007 and 2011 until the abolition of that constituency.

2011 Nicola Sturgeon Scottish National Party


2016 Scottish Parliament election: Glasgow Southside
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP Nicola Sturgeon 15,287 61.4 +7.0
Labour Fariha Thomas 5,694 22.9 -12.3
Conservative Graham Hutchison 3,100 12.4 +4.7
Liberal Democrats Kevin Lewsey 822 3.3 +0.6
Majority 9,593 38.5 +19.3
Turnout 24,903 47.8 +4.7
SNP hold Swing +9.7


2011 Scottish Parliament election: Glasgow Southside
Party Candidate Votes % ±
SNP Nicola Sturgeon 12,306 54.4 N/A
Labour Stephen Curran 7,957 35.2 N/A
Conservative David Meikle 1,733 7.7 N/A
Liberal Democrats Kenn Elder 612 2.7 N/A
Majority 4,349 19.2
Turnout 22,608 43.1
SNP win (new seat)

See also

Preceded by
Aberdeenshire East
Constituency represented by the First Minister
2014 – Present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Glasgow Govan
Constituency represented by the
Deputy First Minister of Scotland

Succeeded by
Perthshire North


  1. Candidates Glasgow City Council
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